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Inspectioneering Journal
By Phil Smith at Chevron
The rules and regulations applying to U.S states, cities and Canadian provinces and territories concerning piping, pressure vessel and storage tank inspection can be described as "a coat of many colors," and are meant to represent continuous improvement over time. This table provides some information that will hopefully be useful to you regarding the level of acceptance of API 510 by the state, city, province and territorial authorities.

Best Practices of a Joint Integrity Program
Inspectioneering Journal
By Neil Ferguson at Hydratight
Joint integrity programs (JIP) should be an integral part of every refinery, petrochemical, production, or other industrial-complex facility operations.

Inspectioneering Journal
Inspectioneering is pleased to announce that our friend, colleague, author and industry leader, Clay White, has recently taken over as chair of API’s Subcommittee on Inspection (SCI).

Is Your Killed Carbon Steel Resistant to  High Temperature Sulfidation?
Inspectioneering Journal
By Marc McConnell, P.E. at PinnacleAIS, Gerrit M. Buchheim, P.E. at Becht Engineering Co., Inc., and Josh Yoakam at Holly R&M
High temperature sulfidation is probably the most well- known corrosion mechanism in the oil refining industry because it occurs in large sections of the refinery.

A Roadmap for Successful Turnaround Inspections, Part I:  Pre-turnaround Inspection Planning
Inspectioneering Journal
By Scott Corey at Sentinel Integrity Solutions Inc.
Periodically, oil refinery and petrochemical plant operating companies conduct complex turnarounds for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to, scheduled maintenance, facility upgrades, and code compliance. In this series of articles published in Inspectioneering Journal, I will begin by detailing a roadmap for pre-turnaround inspection planning activities.

Inspectioneering Journal
By Guy St-Arneault, P.E. at GCM Consultants, and Hugo Julien, P.E. at GCM Consultants
Since important decisions will be based on the results of the fitness-for-service (FFS) determination, you need to be sure that you have a strong FFS team. But what are the key ingredients of a good FFS team? This article provides some guidelines to help you answer this question.

Managing Asset Transfers: Negotiating the Deal and Minimizing Risk (Part 2)
Inspectioneering Journal
By Brandon M. Watson, Esq. at GableGotwals
This follow-up article compliments the one published in the last issue by focusing on the techniques routinely employed by Buyers in the purchase of complex oil and gas assets, paying special attention to three sections found in most asset purchase agreements.

ILI Technology Helps Ensure Terminal & Station IM-System Success
Inspectioneering Journal
By Ron Maurier at Quest Integrity Group, LLC, and Dan Revelle, Sr. at Quest Integrity Group, LLC
New inline inspections and integrity management systems allow operators to understand the complexities and economics of terminals’ and station’s complex aging pipeline infrastructure.

Inspectioneering Journal
By Bobby Wright, P.E. at Stress Engineering Services, and Ralph E. King P.E. at Stress Engineering Services
Recently, Inspectioneering Journal sat down with Stress Engineering’s Bobby Wright and Ralph King to discuss how companies can better transfer and preserve industry knowledge.

A Discussion on Hydrogen Bake-Outs: Part II
Inspectioneering Journal
By Marc McConnell, P.E. at PinnacleAIS, Josh Yoakam at Holly R&M, and Frank Dean at Ion Science, Ltd.
This is the second of two articles published in Inspectioneering Journal discussing the value of hydrogen bake-outs. Our first article was published in the May/June 2013 issue and received a great response from the Inspectioneering community. In this piece, we will continue the discussion and touch on some new technologies used to enhance the bake-out process.

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Whether Inspection Data Management Systems (IDMS) or Risk Based Inspection (RBI) software packages, converting from one software platform to another can prove to be a daunting task. Ensuring that each piece of data is carefully translated between packages and streamlining implementation tools are critical components in successful AIM software implementation and conversion.

New Standards for Quality Control and Assurance of Bolted Flanges
Inspectioneering Journal
By Neil Ferguson at Hydratight
If necessity is the mother of invention, then the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are the parents of guidelines, standards, and regulations that help keep industrial operations safe for humans and the environment.

Navigating ASME Section VIII (Div.1): Managing Your Pressure Vessels - Part 1
Inspectioneering Journal
By Hugo Julien, P.E. at GCM Consultants, Serge Bisson at GCM Consultants, and Guy St-Arneault, P.E. at GCM Consultants
Inspections, repairs, modifications, or Fitness-For-Service (FFS) assessments on an old, unfired ASME Section VIII (Div. 1) pressure vessel - Which ASME Section VIII (Div. 1) Code Edition should you use?

Corrosion Testing with Real-Time 2-D Ultrasound Camera Imaging
Inspectioneering Journal
By Bob Lasser at Imperium, Inc., and Daniel Oehl at Imperium, Inc.
Technicians inspecting oil & gas installations and petrochemical plants employ a wide variety of nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques. A new technology has recently been developed that utilizes a real-time portable imaging device which has distinct advantages in finding internal corrosion.

Inspectioneering Journal
By Brandon M. Watson, Esq. at GableGotwals
Inspectioneering Journal is focused on informing its readers of innovative and trailblazing trends in day-to-day asset integrity management and asset risk reduction activities. How does an entity best manage risk, however, when purchasing or selling an asset - an event that sets in motion (or halts) the day-to-day operational activities?

Drones for Visual Testing & Inspection
Inspectioneering Journal
By Jason C. Shankle at UDC
UAS (Unmanned Arial System) drone technology has numerous applications, including anything at elevated heights or where human access and/or occupancy are prohibited, or in the case of confined spaces, limited.

Avoiding HTHA Failures: An Owner-User Perspective of the HTHA Risk Mitigation Process: Part II
Inspectioneering Journal
By Mike Urzendowski at Valero Energy
The intent of these two articles is to share lessons learned from recent experiences setting up a comprehensive HTHA review process across multiple refineries, and to help other operators define and mitigate the HTHA risk to an acceptable level.

Managing Fired Furnace Tubes in Refineries
Inspectioneering Journal
By Antonio Seijas at Phillips 66 Company
Fired furnaces in the petrochemical and refining industry are critical pieces of equipment that can have a major impact on process unit safety, reliability, and economics. They are complex pieces of equipment, where tubes and other pressure boundary components might fail due to relatively short periods of upset conditions.

Fitness for service: a powerful tool to keep your plant running safely
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FFS assessment techniques are applicable to a wide range of damage types: LTA's, cracks, creep damage, dents, and more. These are very powerful analytical tools that often allow operators to not only keep the plant running, but to keep it running safely.